As part of the recently announced Chevy Truck Legends program, 15 stout Chevrolet trucks with hundreds of thousands of mile on the odometers participated in a unique Guinness World Records run around the Texas Motor Speedway. The participants were selected from people who registered on the Truck Legends website. Legends members are eligible to participate in special events such as this throughout the year.
Call it a publicity stunt, a gimmick or a blatant attempt to get into the Guinness World Records, but Chevy's marketing crew coordinated the pulling of the largest U.S. flag in the world — 40 by 80 feet — by a moving vehicle with a 2017 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 equipped with the all-new turbo-diesel Duramax engine. The effort landed Chevy the World's Largest Flag Pulled by a Moving Vehicle Guinness record. And to make it interesting, a second 2017 Silverado 2500 also pulled the largest Texas state flag around the track to mark the opening of the 2016 State Fair of Texas. Legends participants formed a convoy between the two flags during four laps of the speedway's 1.5-mile oval. Both flags will be on display at the Chevy booth at the state fair through Oct. 23.
The 6.6-liter V-8 Duramax in the Silverado 2500 that pulled both flags was mated to the upgraded Allison 1000 six-speed transmission; that combo pumps out 445 horsepower and 910 pounds-feet of torque. Although the power ratings and driving characteristics are significantly improved, heavy-duty payload and towing capacities remain unchanged for the 2017 model year.
A large contingent of helpers made sure the flag never touched the ground; they held the flag up during takeoff and the final stop in the pits.
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